Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism

Entries open July 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017

The Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism are presented annually in Australia to recognise and reward excellence in the craft. Finalists are selected by eminent journalists and photographers and overall winners judges by the Walkley Advisory Board.

All entries must have been published, broadcast or televised in Australia in the 12 months from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.  

About the Walkley Awards

The awards cover all media, including print, television, radio, photographic and online media. They can be regarded as the Australian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes. The Walkleys have grown organically over the years, expanding to encompass the changing nature of the media industry and innovation in the craft. The 34 categories awarded in 2014 embraced multimedia storytelling, news and feature writing; artwork, cartoons and photography; radio and TV reporting and interviewing; business, international and sport, indigenous affairs, social commentary and investigative journalism. More than 1400 entries were received. The Walkleys also recognise excellence in long form journalism through the Walkley Book and Documentary awards. The Gold Walkley is the most prestigious award, chosen from all category winners.

The overall Walkley Awards exist to recognise “creative and courageous acts of journalism that seek out the truth and give new insight to an issue”. They reward excellence, independence, innovation and originality in storytelling and distinctive reporting. This can be through research and investigations, well-crafted and innovative presentations, news-breaking single stories and engaging, entertaining and/or informative reporting. Enter the Walkley Awards (not including photography, Leadership and Outstanding Contribution awards)

General criteria in assessing entries include:

  • Storytelling ability
  • Originality
  • Public benefit  and audience engagement
  • Accuracy and ethics
  • Impact
  • Writing and creative flair
  • Courage
  • Innovation

The Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism recognise visual journalists producing still photography for any platform. Criteria include storytelling, courage, public impact, creativity, innovative use of technology, technical ability and resourcefulness and can include soundslides and photofilm. Enter the Nikon-Walkleys

Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (chosen by the Walkley Trustees): Recognises the achievements of a person or group for outstanding or enduring commitment to the highest standards of journalism. Each year, the Trustees recognise the achievements of a person or group that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the highest standards of journalism – truth, rigour, integrity, fairness – over a lifetime. Enter or nominate someone for this award

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Walkley Awards, please contact awards manager Lauren Dixon / 02 9333 0913 or Barbara Blackman / 02 9333 0921.

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Key dates for the 2017 Walkley Awards

  • Entries open: Wednesday July 1
  • Entries close: Midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 31 
  • Nikon-Walkley and Documentary Award finalists announced: Thursday, Oct. 12
  • Business finalists announced: Tuesday, Oct. 17
  • General Finalists announced: Thursday, Oct. 19
  • Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism: Wednesday Nov 29 – Brisbane 

Congratulations to the 2016 Walkley Award winners!

Andrew Quilty receives the 2016 Gold Walkley.

Andrew Quilty receives the 2016 Gold Walkley.

Photojournalist Andrew Quilty won the Gold Walkley, as well as the News Photography category and the Photo of the Year, for his work documenting the ravages of war in Afghanistan. “Quilty is a standout. What he does is extraordinary — it’s global in impact,” judges said. Read the full tribute

See the full list of winners
Read winner tributes with judges’ comments and links to stories
2016 general finalists
2016 Nikon-Walkley photography finalists

See past winners


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